Category: Asia & Pacific

How India’s Spices Changed the World

As you explore the city of Kochi, consider this: The “Queen of the Arabian Sea,” as the port city is known, has been exporting spices for 5,000 years. For the majority of this time, the […]

Spiritual Southern India

Soaring Temples, Colonial-Flavored Cities and Welcoming People When most travelers think of India, they imagine the Mughal fortresses and sweeping cityscapes of the north: Delhi’s colossal monuments and palaces, Agra’s Taj Mahal, the cultural centers […]

The Thai Art of Fruit Carving

This week’s photo introduces us to the Thai carving art known as Kae-Sa-Luk. Although the elaborate designs in this image are carved into soap, the practice began centuries ago with carved fruit used to decorate […]

From Fertile Ground to Savory Plate, Featuring a Delicious Dumpling Recipe

Cuisine of Southeast Asia is a thrilling amalgam of ingredients grown in this fertile corner of the globe. Rice, noodles, seafood, and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables form the basis of most any menu. During Discovery Tours’ Gems of Southeast […]

8 Things You Didn’t Know about Southeast Asia

Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam hold many exotic and fascinating secrets, and you’ll learn a lot of them during our Gems of Southeast Asia itinerary. But we think some of them are so fascinating and […]

A Tale of Two Southeast Asian Cities

Over centuries, grand and sprawling kingdoms rose and fell throughout Southeast Asia. Borders shifted. Alliances crumbled and formed. So it is remarkable that some of the region’s most spectacular ancient cities still survive; the voices […]

Water Worlds

The Fertile Nations of Southeast Asia Are Fed by Rivers, Lakes, and Seas Peering out your plane’s window as you descend to land into any Southeast Asian country, you see it immediately. One simple fact […]

Discover Majestic Angkor Wat

World-famous for its beauty and splendor, Angkor Wat has the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the entire outer gallery walls, depicting stories from Hindu mythology. This sprawling city, built by Khmer […]

5 amazing Thai foods that aren’t Pad Thai

Thai food is full of contrasts: sweet and spicy, tangy and savory. We know this complex cuisine is best enjoyed at its source, and that’s why the Thailand portion of our tours are packed with lavish meals, a trip to a […]

The World’s Most Luxurious Junk

Local legend has it that Ha Long Bay was built by a family of dragons sent by the gods. The dragons spit out pearls and jade, which turned into a wall of islands to protect Vietnam […]